International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12 of every year. International Nurses Day is celebrated to praise the contributions made by the Nurses to the society. The International Nurses Day also marks the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s Birth. Many of the peoples thought that the most important people in the health care system are the doctors, but it is entirely wrong. Ever the underdog, Nurses play a vital role in all our medical institutions, being responsible for the welfare, safety, and recovery of patients. Hence International Nurses Day is a perfect day to honor the contributions made by the Nurses to our Society.
“I wanted to be a vet, a nurse, a chef – I mean, anything but the music industry. But once I hit high school, the bug really bit me. You can’t deny where you come from and what’s in your genes, and music definitely was. I haven’t looked back since.” – Hillary Scott
History of International Nurses Day
It all started in 1953, when Dorothy Sutherland, an official with the United States Department of Health, Welfare, and Education, contacted President of U.S, Dwight D. Eisenhower to proclaim the “International Nurses Day.” But the President neglected her proposal at that time. The INC (International Council of Nurses) celebrated the International Nurses Day on 12th May from 1965. May 12 is important for all Nurses because the day marks the birth of Florence Nightingale, who is considered as the founder of Modern nursing. The Nurses Day was officially announced in January 1974. From there, every year International Council of Nurses prepares and distributes International Nurses Day kit which contains materials for educational and public information, which will be helpful for all the Nurses everywhere.
Themes of International Nurses Day
The ICN themes for International Nurses Day are as follows
- 2020 – Nurses: A voice to lead – Nursing the World to Health
- 2019 – Nurses: A voice to lead – Health for All
- 2018 – Nurses A Voice to Lead – Health is a Human right
- 2017 – A voice to lead – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
- 2016 – Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving Health Systems’ Resilience.
- 2015 – Nurses: A Force for Change: Care Effective, Cost Effective.
- 2014 – Nurses: A Force for Change – A vital resource for health.
- 2013 – Closing The Gap: Millennium Development Goals.
- 2012 – Closing The Gap: From Evidence to Action.
- 2011 – Closing The Gap: Increasing Access and Equity.
- 2010 – Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Chronic Care.
- 2009 – Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Care Innovations.
- 2008 – Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Primary Health Care and social care.
- 2007 – Positive practice environments: Quality workplaces = quality patient care.
- 2006 – Safe staffing saves lives.
- 2005 – Nurses for Patients Safety: Targeting counterfeit medicines and substandard medication.
- 2004 – Nurses: Working with the Poor; Against Poverty.
- 2003 – Nurses: Fighting AIDS stigma, working for all.
- 2002 – Nurses Always There for You: Caring for Families.
- 2001 – Nurses, Always There for You: United Against Violence.
- 2000 – Nurses – Always there for you.
- 1999 – Celebrating Nursing’s Past, claiming the future.
- 1998 – Partnership for Community Health.
- 1997 – Healthy Young People – A Brighter Future.
- 1996 – Better Health through Nursing Research.
- 1995 – Women’s Health: Nurses Pave the Way.
- 1994 – Healthy Families for Healthy Nation.
- 1993 – Quality, costs, and Nursing.
- 1992 – Healthy Aging.
- 1991 – Mental Health – Nurses in Action.
- 1990 – Nurses and Environment.
- 1989 – School Health.
- 1988 – Safe Motherhood.
Other Celebrations on May 12
May 12 is also celebrated as
- National Limerick Day
- National Nutty Fudge Day
- National Odometer Day
- National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
How to celebrate International Nurses Day
Celebrating the International Nurses Day is quite easy and very simple to remember. The day is all about celebrating the countless contributions made by nurses to our society. Take International Nurses Day as an opportunity to show a nurse who has taken care of you how much appreciates him or her. Or simply visit the nearby hospital and thank them for their endless contributions. You can take some pictures with them and share them with others on social media by using the hashtag #InternationalNursesDay.